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November 3, 2013

OU faces uncertainty at linebacker

NORMAN — Oklahoma expects middle linebacker Frank Shannon to play Thursday against Baylor. The sophomore has a “deep tissue bruise,” according to Sooner coach Bob Stoops in the Oct. 26 game against Texas Tech. However, he did return to practice Saturday.

But if something changes, freshman Jordan Evans will be the man in the middle of the Sooners defense.

Evans, the former Norman North standout, had eight tackles and broke up a pass against the Red Raiders.

“I went into the game with the mindset that I have to stay prepared, because I’m right behind Frank, and we had a win, so actually, I didn’t do too bad,” Evans said. “But what really made me know that I did actually OK was how my teammates treated me and how the coaches said I did. So I was actually really proud of my effort but there’s always room to improve.”

Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said Saturday that Evans has a very bright future because the 6-foot-3, 216-pound freshman has the athletic ability that’s essential to play against spread offenses.

“He can run. He has great speed. He’s going to be a great player. It just has to develop physically. But athletically, he’s what you want,” Stoops said. “In a year’s period of time, he’s just scratching the surface a lot like Dominique. I don’t see anything on the football field that he can’t do for us long term and be a great football player. He’s showed great signs of that playing his first game and meaningful minutes.”

Environmental test: Baylor has announced it is removing the tarp from Floyd Casey Stadium’s east end zone in order to sell more tickets to Thursday’s game.

There have never been more than 46,000 in attendance for an OU-Baylor game in Waco, Texas, but the Bears are expecting the crowd Thursday to reach the record of 51,385 Thursday night.

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